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action from Florida A & M: Hazing panel expected to
draw thousands. If you're there Thursday and a fan of this page,
come say hello to me after the panel. Hank Nuwer, Moderator.
Sept. 17 is a sad
historic day in hazing. It recalls the death of Richard
Swanson at Southern California who choked in 1959 on a force-fed
slab of liver. Television star David Nelson (The Adventures of Ozzie
was an active
member of that Kappa Sigma chapter. On Sept. 17, 1984, Gordie
Bailey died in a University of Colorado alcohol-fueled initiation.
Cowardly members scattered and waited forever to call 911.
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Geneseo cancels women's volleyball season after a player
alleges she was "encouraged" to drink at a party and then was
abandoned, found by strangers, and hospitalized.
supports firing of popular coach after sexual hazing
disagreement in Florida A & M case: parents blame
school for their son's death; Florida A & M blames Robert
Champion for knowingly taking a beating. Test case indeed.
Lambda Chi Alpha pledge
Vorhauer, 18, decides
to go for a long swim with brothers in a reservoir and drowns.
Investigating detective says he suspects nothing more than an
The sister of Chad
Meredith, the Miami of Florida pledge from Indianapolis whose
hazing death by drowning was covered up at first and bungled by
investigators, speaks out on the University of Idaho death:
I have read on the drowning of this teen. It sounds
all too familiar to me! The story similar to the gut
wrenching story of our own! Remember in Chad's story we
were instantly told his drowning had nothing to do with
hazing. We were told this by every authority figure
involved with no investigation once so ever. There was an
immediate plea from authorities to keep his death hushed.
Had my family let it drop, as they hoped, his death would have
never made the difference it now has. It would have never
brought light to the need for more strict hazing laws and been
swept under the rug just like many others I'm sure have. There
would be no bill. Honestly in our first moments of shock
we wanted to believe it was an innocent accident as well.
It wasn't until we sat and pondered the situation, knowing Chad
and his character that we realized there had to be more than
what we were being told. How can any youth die and no
thorough investigation be done? I'll never understand
that!! I agree with you, this cannot, should not, and
would be a shame to let this young man die without knowing the
facts. I can't find online if there was drinking
involved. Actually there is very little talk of the actual
actions of that day. Do you know? The lack of the
days actions being reported also sends red flags to me.
Chad's story was all over the news EVERYWHERE. As of right
now they will speak little of it as to not give a bad taste for
fraternities, the university, or ideas of hazing. Once
hazing is mentioned they will begin to make this young man seem
of low morals...because how could it be the fraternity's fault
of his death?
Any death of a youth should have answers of some sort! How
can there be answers with no true investigation? Aren't
his loved ones entitled to answers? Isn't the public
entitled to know what's going on at these schools they may
someday send their youth to or have youth present there
now? Although answers do not bring their son/brother back
it does put some rest to the agonizing torture of not
knowing. I'll say this, even if this particular youth's
death did turn out to be a true accident (and I don't feel it
will) a full investigation would still bring education to the
dangers of these acts. It would help to be made known that
the actions of Fraternities/sorority WILL NOT BE TAKEN LIGHTLY
and will be investigated at the maximum level needed!
Wouldn't this help to make fraternity/sorority's think twice
before following through with actions (even if not hazing but
still dangerous)? An investigation is very much needed
Please keep me updated on this!! Thanks so much
Hank! Kelly Meredith-Henson (sister of Chad Meredith)
alcohol-related hazing kills season. New: deceased
Geneseo pledge Arman Partamian video.
State 6-5, 325-pound Theta Chi pledge Philip
Alexander Dhanens, a first-year student, perishes
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and the Justice System
decision in Bakersfield hazing defeats purpose of
California's Matt's Law
Death of Robert
Champion at Florida A & M comes in spite of nationwide
attempts to tone down band hazing or eliminate it.
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